GUWAHATI, March 25 - Speakers at a national conference on �Drug Discovery from Natural Products & Their Traditional Uses� yesterday stressed the need for proper exploration and documentation of medicinal plants of the north-eastern region.
The meet also called for sharing the intellectual property rights equally among the rightful owners of traditional knowledge from whom the drug discovery process starts.
A total of 22 papers were presented by academicians, scientists, research scholars and students from different colleges and universities from Assam and Meghalaya. Organised by the Department of Applied Biology, University of Science & Technology, Meghalaya (USTM), the conference was supported by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Government of India.
Addressing the plenary session of the conference, Prof NC Talukdar, Director, Institute of Advanced Studies in Science & Technology (IASST), Guwahati, spoke on �Herbal Medicine Perspectives: Documentation, Preservation and Uses�.
He put emphasis on different types of natural products isolated from plants and proper documentation of medicinal plants and their conservation.
Prof AK Mukherjee, Department of MBBT, Tezpur University, dwelt at length on the category �A� neglected disease recognised by WHO � snakebite. He deliberated on different types of snakes and the type of venom they inject and also the different types of medicinal plants available for the treatment of snakebite.
Dr Manas Pratim Sarmah from Assam Down Town University documented the different types of hepatitis virus present in the north-eastern region and how herbal intervention could be utilised for the treatment of hepatitis infection.
Addressing the participants in the technical session, Prof Chandana C Boruah from Central Veterinary Science College, Assam Agriculture University, talked about different types of brain-related memory disorders and various medicinal plants that can serve as stress busters and memory boosters.
Dr Santanu Roychoudhury from USTM spoke on the types of hepatitis virus and how quercitin and important plant derived molecules are helpful in relieving the viral load in patients.
Earlier, the inaugural address was delivered by Dr Ranjan Dutta Kalita, organising secretary and HoD, Applied Biology, USTM.
The conference ended with a valedictory session and Dr SC Das, Dean, School of Biological Sciences, USTM, gave the vote of thanks.